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All About Acker Night

08 December 2017  

Bundle up, and head downtown. It’s Acker Night!

It’s time for Acker Night! If you’ve never been to this signature downtown event, you’re in for a treat. Here’s what you need to know:

What’s Acker Night? It combines participating downtown businesses with musicians and performers. Drop into almost any downtown business, and enjoy the music.

How many businesses participate? 135. WooHoo! Did you even know there were that many musical acts in Prescott? Actually, there are more than that, because some businesses feature multiple performances.

Download the 2017 Acker Night Program here. That’s where you’ll see the entire list of places to go and what to see & hear.

Here’s a video from last year:

How much does it cost? It’s free, although each location has donation bags. All the proceeds go towards scholarships for music lessons, instruments and local youth performing arts programs.

When does it start? 5 PM. Join Mr & Mrs Claus on Gurley Street to sing some Christmas songs. At 5:10, the Prescott High School Chamber Singers will be on hand to perform and at 5:20 everyone gets to sing the Hallelujah Chorus together. After that, it’s time to wander!


  • Dress warm.
  • Be patient. It will be crowded.
  • Look through the program and decide in advance what you want to see.
  • Leave yourself flexibility to pop in here and there.
  • Bring some cash in case you decide to donate.
  • Come early enough to find parking.
  • Check out some of the performances on the “edges” of the downtown area. They won’t be as crowded, and you just may find some new favorites!

Acker Night goes from Goodwin on the north to Carleton on the south end. There are events on Granite Street on the west side, to Marina Street on the east side.


PRESCOTT, AZ (December 6, 2017) – The City of Prescott has released updated information including street closures for Acker Night, scheduled for Friday, December 8 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the downtown area.

Streets will be closed as follows:

Beginning at roughly 3:30pm, Gurley St. will be closed from Cortez St to Montezuma St. Montezuma St. will be closed from Gurley St. to Goodwin Street. Streets will begin to reopen at approximately 9:00pm. All other streets in the downtown area will remain open.

According to Prescott Police Chief Debora Black, security measures will be similar to what was put in place during the Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting.

These include:

  • Road closures will be supported with additional barricade equipment to prevent unauthorized vehicles entering the street closure area.

  • Additional bicycle patrol officers will be assigned inside the event area to meet citizen’s call for service needs.

“We will continue with enhanced security measures for this important event,” said Chief Black. “Our number one priority is the ongoing safety of our citizens and visitors. Pedestrian safety is of particular concern on Acker night, and we remind everyone to be aware of the increased foot traffic and to follow all signals and signage.”

“Our department has received numerous calls and concerns that there was an actual threat during the Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting,” said Chief Black. “We want to emphatically state that this was not the case.”

Chief Black went on to stress that the enhanced measures are a new standard for large events in Prescott, and that they are not in response to any particular threat. “Events around the nation have led all of us in public safety to continually evaluate our safety and security measures.”

For more information please call Recreation Services at 928-777-1552, or Prescott Police Department at 928-777-1900.

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.